Featured Alumni from The College of Human Ecology


Nichole Langley Huff, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in the Department of 4-H Youth Development and Family & Consumer Sciences at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC.  Dr. Huff has been studying and working in the fields of child, youth, and family development for more than ten years. She has recently earned her doctorate in Family Sciences from the University of Kentucky, and in 2012 she was awarded the Doctoral Student of Excellence Award from the University of Kentucky School of Human Environmental Sciences for her research on electrical brain activity and family communication.

Dr. Huff’s areas of expertise focus on interpersonal communication and the biopsychosocial aspects of human development.  Her dissertation incorporated a mixed-methods exploration of parent-adolescent communication examining the relationship between positive affect, hemispheric lateralization (i.e., electrical brain activity), and relational problem solving during parent-child conflict discussions.  As a North Carolina native, Dr. Huff earned her MS in Marriage and Family Therapy from East Carolina University in 2007 and her BA in psychology and political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2002.

Dr. Huff is a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) with the National Council on Family Relations.  Currently Dr. Huff is serving a three-year appointment as an academic representative for the National Council on Family Relations CFLE advisory board where she collaborates with other professionals to nationally promote the field of family life education.  Dr. Huff has taught numerous courses in child, youth, and family development, family life education, and Spanish education to elementary and secondary school students, university undergraduates and graduate students, and practitioners in mental health and human services.  Dr. Huff also works as an Extension Specialist with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service to promote human development and family life education across the State.

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